Doctoral Programs / Three-year Doctoral Programs (Art and Sport, Interdisciplinary Sciences) | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2020

Degree Programs in Comprehensive Human Sciences

Doctoral Programs (Art and Sport, Interdisciplinary Sciences)

Neuroscience
  • February (General Admission (April / October Entry))
Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences
  • February (General Admission)
Art
  • February (General Admission / Special Selection of Working Individuals)
Design
  • February (General Admission)
Heritage Studies
  • February (General Admission)

Three-year Doctoral Programs (Art and Sport, Interdisciplinary Sciences)

Human Care Science
  • February (General Admission)
Public Health
  • February (General Admission)
Sports Medicine
  • February (General Admission)
Coaching Science
  • February (General Admission)

The following are combined application guidelines for all the programs above.

Application Process Overview Chart

Check your qualifications!

 
*Those who wish to apply for the “Special Selection of Working Individuals”
must have at least one year of full-time or part-time work experience
by entrance.
 
(A) No Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a master’s degree
  • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a specialized degree
  • Individuals who have earned or expect to earn a master’s degree in a foreign country
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
 
(B) Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:
  • Individuals who have graduated from a junior college or a high school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a vocational school or a similar school
  • Individuals who have graduated from a four-year university
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an email.)
 

Before you apply, you are expected to contact a prospective supervisor (a faculty member from whom you wish to receive academic instruction) in advance.
Download the PDF below.

If you have any questions about the curriculum or the research field, contact the department that runs your desired program.

   
   
Assessment of Eligibility for Application

Individuals who are expected to undergo the Eligibility Screening should contact Academic Service Office for the Art and Sport Sciences Area, University of Tsukuba in advance.
E-mail us to obtain necessary documents and e-mail the documents for the assessment. If you are deemed eligible for admission, you will be given a passcode required for the “Educational Background” page of the Web Entry system.
(* Individuals who have previously applied for the Eligibility Screening and been deemed eligible should also apply for the screening again.)

    【Due Dates】

  • February: November 29, 2019
 
Applicants Who Need Special Assistance

If you need special assistance due to disability, contact us by the following dates:

    【Due Dates】

  • February: November 29, 2019
Web Entry

You can apply to the University of Tsukuba online through our Web Entry system. Read the guidelines carefully before applying.

    【Application Period】

  • February: December 2, 2019 – December 20, 2019 (by 3 p.m. JST)
Sign Up

First, you will need your own account to login. Once create an account, you may save the data you entered and log back in later to continue.

Activation

When you sign up, an activation URL will be sent to your registered e-mail address. Click the URL to activate your account.

Login

For the first time after you activate your account, you will be automatically logged in. Just click the “Login” button to begin. Thereafter, when you visit our Login page, you will need to enter your e-mail address and password to begin.

My Page

On “My Page,” you need to click the “Application Form” button for the appropriate program.
On this page, you can edit your login information or reset your password.

Application Form

There are four sections in the Application Form:

  1. Applicant’s Information / Program of Your Choice
  2. Field of Research
  3. Eligibility
  4. Educational Background

Each section will be saved when you click the “Proceed” button on each confirmation page. After saving, you can continue from where you left off when you login again. Use one-byte alphabets and numbers to input all the information.
Upload JPEG file of your ID photo in “1. Applicant’s Information / Program of Your Choice”.

Payment

You must pay the examination fee before submitting your application. The university accepts:

Online credit card payments for both domestic and overseas applicants
Convenience store payments for domestic applicants only

Credit Card Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system and pay your fees by credit card. After the payment, you will be notified of a receipt number. Enter the number into the “Receipt Number” box and click the “Submit” button to proceed.

Convenience Store Payment: Follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system and pay your fees at a convenience store in Japan. When you apply for ‘Convenience Store Payment’ online, you will receive the Examination Fee Statement with an 11-digit or a 13-digit code. After the payment, enter the code and payment date into the boxes on the Web Entry system and click the “Submit” button to proceed.

(*The examination fees are exempted for those who are the Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students and who continue to doctoral program after completing our master’s program in March 2020.)

Submission

After the payment is confirmed, you can submit your application by clicking the “Submit to Apply” button. Once you click on the button, the information you have entered will be sent to the university, and you will not be able to go back to make edits. Be sure to double-check before proceeding.
After you submit your application, a confirmation e-mail will be sent to the registered e-mail address. Be sure to check it.

(*Check and adjust the spam filter settings in your e-mail account beforehand so that you can receive an e-mail from the “entry.ap-graduate.tsukuba.ac.jp” domain.)

Create PDF

After you submit your application, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry and be sure to download the PDF documents. You can download them from the Web Entry system only while the system is open.

    【Application Period】

  • February: December 2, 2019 – December 20, 2019 (by 3 p.m. JST)

Web Entry

Submission of Documents

Original copies of the documents listed in 3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted need to be received by airmail or in person no later than the deadlines mentioned below.
Your application will not be reviewed unless all required documents are received.

    【Due Dates】

  • February: December 20, 2019 (by 5 p.m. JST)
Information and Hints for Examinees

We will post the “Information and Hints for Examinees” on our website. Check the documents before the examination.

    【Estimated Release Dates】

  • February: January 14, 2020
Examination Dates
  • February: January 29, 2020 – February 3, 2020
Announcement of Admission Results
  • February: February 17, 2020
Documents for Enrollment
  • Documents for enrollment will be sent out from the admission office on following dates:
    April entry: February 17, 2020
    October entry: in the end of June 2020
Procedure for Enrollment
  • April entry: in the beginning of March 2020
  • October entry: in the beginning of September 2020
Entrance
  • April entry: On April 1, 2020
  • October entry: On October 1, 2020

1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 Japan

TOP


1. Number of Students to be Admitted and 2. Eligibility for Admission | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2020

1. Number of Students to be Admitted

February

Program Number of Students to be Admitted Remarks
Neuroscience A few The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences 15
Art 7 The number includes a few students who are admitted through the Special Selection of Working Individuals.
Design 4 The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Heritage Studies 5
Human Care Science A few
Public Health A few The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Sports Medicine A few The number includes students who apply for the Cooperative Graduate School System.
Coaching Science 6
  • For more information on the Cooperative Graduate School System, click here.
  • In the case of the Doctoral Program in Art, there is the general entrance examination, and also the Special Selection of Working Individuals. Please check your eligibility for application.

2. Eligibility for Admission

[Entry in April 2020]

Applicants will be deemed eligible if they meet one of the following requirements:

(A) No Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:

  • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a master’s degree by March 2020
  • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a specialized degree by March 2020
  • Individuals who have earned or are expected to earn a master’s degree in a foreign country by March 2020
  • Others

(B) Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:

  • Individuals who are 24 years of age or older as of March 2020, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a master’s degree or a first professional degree as the result of the Eligibility Screening conducted by us
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an e-mail.)

People who wish to apply to join the Doctoral Program in Art on the basis of the Special Selection of Working Individuals, must meet the above application eligibility criteria, and must have, or expect to have by March 2020, at least 1 year’s experience in full- or part-time employment. This includes employment in companies, government offices, or educational institutions, or as a homemaker, etc.

[Entry in October 2020](Neuroscience)

(A) No Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:

  • Individuals who are expected to earn a master’s degree between April and September 2020
  • Individuals who are expected to earn a specialized degree between April and September 2020
  • Individuals who are expected to earn a master’s degree or a specialized degree between April and September 2020 in a foreign country

(B) Eligibility Screening is required for the following individuals:

  • Individuals who are 24 years of age or older as of September 2020, and whose qualification is recognized as equivalent to a master’s degree or a specialized degree as the result of the Eligibility Screening conducted by us
  • Others
    (If you have any questions about your eligibility, send us an e-mail.)

1-1-1 Tennodai, Tsukuba, Ibaraki 305-8577 Japan

TOP


3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2020

3. Web Entry and Documents to be Submitted

With our Web Entry system, you can submit the application online. Read this section carefully before applying online.

Information You Need for Web Entry

Information Required for Remarks
1. Applicant’s Information / Program of Your Choice All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
You are requested to upload a photograph for your Reference Card in JPEG format. The photograph must be taken within the last three months and must not include hats or other head adornments.
2. Field of Research All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
3. Eligibility All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
  Research Plan All applicants Summarize plans in English in approximately 800 words.
However, care should be taken with the following programs, as the numbers of words permitted are different:
Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences: English in approximately 1,500 words.
Coaching Science: English in approximately 1,200 words.
Art (Special Selection of Working Individuals): English in approximately 1,500 words.
(You may use the prescribed form downloadable from the Web Entry system only if it is essential for you to use mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols, which cannot be entered into the system. Fill it out and submit it together with the other required documents by mail or in person. The format of the form must not be changed. Any texts may not be written outside the box.)
4. Educational Background All applicants Follow the instructions on the Web Entry system.
Research Activities All applicants who have research history
Employment Records All applicants who have employment history
Examination Fees All applicants
except foreign government- sponsored students etc., (*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
Follow the instructions given on the last page of the Web Entry system and pay your fees.
The following payment methods are available.
Credit Card (for all applicants):
Pay your fees online. After the payment, enter the receipt number into the box on the Web Entry system.
Convenience Store (for domestic applicants only):
Pay your fees at a convenience store in Japan. After the payment, enter the name of the convenience store, the date of payment, and the number given by the store into the box on the Web Entry system.

Documents Needed for Application

(The original copies need to be submitted to us by airmail or in person.)

Documents Who must submit Instructions
(Expected) Graduation Certificate* All applicants Submit a graduation certificate (or an attested document certifying that you will graduate) issued by a university or another educational institution that meets the application requirements for the Doctoral Programs of this Graduate School.
Degree Certificate* Those who graduated from a graduate school outside Japan If you graduated from a graduate school outside Japan, submit a graduation certificate for your master’s degree. All documents must be in English or in Japanese.
Academic Transcript* All applicants Submit an academic transcript (the official transcript of your programs history) issued by a university or another educational institution that meets the application requirements for the Doctoral Programs of this Graduate School. If any credits were transferred from another school, submit an academic transcript from that school. (All documents must be in English or in Japanese.)
Research Plan Only applicants whose “Research Plan” includes mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols that cannot be entered in the Web Entry system Summarize plans in English in approximately 800 words.
If applicable, check the box in the Web Entry system to download the form from the last page. Fill out and submit it to us by airmail or in person.
However, care should be taken with the following programs, as the numbers of words permitted are different:
Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences:English in approximately 1,500 words.
Coaching Science:English in approximately 1,200 words.
Art (Special Selection of Working Individuals):English in approximately 1,500 words.
(The format of the form must not be changed. Any texts may not be written outside the box.)
Thesis (master’s thesis or equivalent) a: All applicants for Doctoral Programs in Art and Heritage Studies
b: Applicants for Doctoral Programs in Neuroscience, Design, Human Care Science, Public Health, or Sports Medicine who have completed a master’s program or a program equivalent or superior to a master’s program, or have obtained a degree corresponding to a master’s degree
Submit the application with one of the Thesis Title Sheets detailed under (i) to (iv), below, attached. These files can be downloaded after sending the application information.
(i) Master’s thesis (a photocopy is acceptable): If this thesis cannot be submitted at the time of application, an equivalent thesis can be submitted, such as a thesis consisting of the research results by the time of submission together with the expected conclusions.
(ii) Persons who completed their master’s degree, as in (i), the previous year or earlier may replace it with a new thesis if such is available (a photocopy is acceptable).
(iii) Persons who do not have a master’s thesis may submit an equivalent thesis.
(iv) Persons who have been nominated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and are to apply on the basis of application eligibility criterion 8, may submit their graduation thesis (a photocopy is acceptable). Such persons who do not have a graduation thesis may submit an equivalent thesis.
Thesis Title Sheet All persons submitting theses After sending application information, a file can be downloaded with this department’s stipulated form, so use this for the title sheet of the thesis, etc., to be submitted.
Summary of Thesis Persons who submit theses in languages other than Japanese or English. Submit a summary, 4,000 Japanese characters or 1,500 English words in length, entered in this department’s stipulated form. The file can be downloaded after the application information has been sent
Research Outlines a: All applicants for Doctoral Programs in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences and Coaching Science
b: Applicants for Doctoral Programs in Neuroscience, Design, Human Care Science, Public Health, or Sports Medicine who are expected to complete a master’s program or a program equivalent or superior to a master’s program, or are expected to obtain a degree corresponding to a master’s degree
Enter a summary of your current research, including the expected conclusions, in this department’s stipulated form, and submit it. The file can be downloaded after the application information has been sent
Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences/Neuroscience/Design/Human Care Science/Public Health:Japanese in approximately 4,000 characters or English in approximately 1,500 words. If published papers are available, submit these as offprints or photocopies.
Coaching Science :Japanese in approximately 3,000 characters.
Sports Medicine :Japanese in approximately 4,000 characters (if published papers are available, submit these as offprints or photocopies).
List of publications All applicants for Doctoral Program in Sports Medicine No format is stipulated, but it must be on A4 paper. Enter the name of the doctoral program, and your name and examinee no. at the top
List of results and publications All applicants for Doctoral Programs in Neuroscience and Design No format is stipulated, but it must be on A4 paper. Enter the name of the doctoral program, and your name and examinee no. at the top. You can also attach documents that show your results and publications.
Personal records All applicants for Doctoral Program in Coaching Science Enter your Athletic and Coaching/Teaching history at and since university in this department’s stipulated forms, and then submit them (a PDF file for affixing can be downloaded after sending the application information). Submit these forms together with relevant certificates, and documents verifying the items entered. Submit on A4 sheets if possible
Performance report Special Selection of Working Individuals]
Applicants for Doctoral Program in Art
Enter this information in this department’s stipulated forms, and then submit them (a PDF file for affixing can be downloaded after sending the application information). In addition, submit a portfolio and research paper corresponding to the performance report.
Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) of Examination Fee Statement Applicants who made a convenience store payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
After the payment, detach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) from the Examination Fee Statement given at the convenience store and submit it to us by airmail or in person.
The Receipt Portion needs to be attached to the form that can be created online and printed out after you complete the Web Entry procedure.
Copy of “Application Completed” Page of Examination Fee Payment by Credit Card Applicants who made a credit card payment
(*Refer to “4.Examination Fee.”)
After the payment, print out the “Application Completed” page, and submit it to us by airmail or in person.
Letter of approval for entrance examination If applicable The letter must be submitted by airmail or in person.

  1. Individuals who currently attend a university or graduate school (except those who are expected to graduate by March 2020) need to submit a letter of approval allowing them to take the entrance examination, issued by the head of their university or graduate school (or the head of their department). Any format is acceptable.
  2. Individuals who currently work for a government agency, school, or company (except for part-time workers) need to submit a letter of approval allowing them to take the entrance examination, issued by their superior. Any format is acceptable.
Certificate of Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) Foreign Student If applicable The certificate must be submitted by airmail or in person.
If you are enrolled in another university at the time of application, submit the certificate of the government-sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho Scholarship) foreign student issued by the university.

*In case your current name is different from that on the documents you submit (e.g., because of marriage), submit with the proof (e.g., copy of your marriage license).

Documents Needed for Application

(The original should be submitted on the exam day.)

Documents Created for Remarks
TOEIC Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail* All applicants for Doctoral Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences Affix the originals of the TOEIC Official Score Certificate or the TOEFL Examinee Score Record, for examinations taken during or after January 2018, to this department’s stipulated form (a PDF file for affixing can be downloaded after sending the application information), and be sure to bring the original with you, and submit it, on the examination date.
If this document is not submitted by the examination date, then, irrespective of the reasons, you will be taken to have been absent for the foreign language course, and you will be excluded from the candidates for selection.
If there are doubts about your TOEIC Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee Score Record, the party that released them will be contacted for confirmation. Be sure to check the details.
Thesis (master’s thesis or equivalent) All applicants for Doctoral Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences Attach a Thesis Topic Form (the file can be downloaded after the application information has been sent) to a thesis that relates to the research contents stated in the Research Outline, and to which one of (i) to (iv), below, applies, bring two copies of this with you on the examination date, and be sure to submit it then:
(i) Master’s thesis (a photocopy is acceptable): If this cannot be submitted at the time of application, submit an equivalent thesis (research results by the time of application, with the expected conclusions added).
(ii) Persons who completed the master’s program the previous year or earlier can submit a new thesis (a photocopy is acceptable) instead of the master’s thesis in (i).
(iii) Persons who do not have a master’s thesis can submit an equivalent thesis.
(iv) Persons who have been nominated by the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, and are to apply on the basis of application eligibility criterion 8, may submit their graduation thesis (a photocopy is acceptable). Persons who do not have a graduation thesis may submit an equivalent thesis.
If your thesis is not submitted by the examination date, then, irrespective of the reasons, your master’s or other thesis will be taken to missing, and you will be excluded from the candidates for selection.
Thesis Title Sheet All applicants for Doctoral Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences The file can be downloaded after the application information has been sent. Therefore, use this department’s stipulated form as the title sheet for the thesis, etc., to be submitted.

PDF to Be Created After Completing Web Entry

Documents Created for Remarks
Reference Card All applicants The Web Entry system instructs you to supply a photograph for your Reference Card in JPEG format. The photograph must be taken within the last three months and must not include hats or other head adornments.
Print out the Reference Card with your photograph and bring a copy of the card to the venue with you on the examination day.
Address Sheet All applicants Attach the address sheet to your envelope when you submit the required documents to us by airmail or in person.

    【Submission Periods】

  • February: December 2, 2019 – December 20, 2019 (by 5 p.m. JST)
Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee Applicants who made a convenience store payment Attach the Receipt Portion (certificate of payment) of the Examination Fee Statement to the form and submit it to us by registered airmail.
Research Plan Only applicants whose “Research Plan”, includes mathematical formulae, Greek letters, or special symbols that cannot be entered in the Web Entry system Fill out and submit it to us by airmail or in person.
(The format of the form must not be changed. Any texts may not be written outside the box.)
Thesis Title Sheet Persons who have completed a master’s program or a program equivalent or superior to a master’s program, or have obtained a degree corresponding to a master’s degree Enter the required items, and use as all title sheets for the thesis, etc., submitted (a photocopy is acceptable).
Summary of Thesis Person submitting a thesis that is not in either Japanese or English Fill in the required items on this sheet and submit it to us by airmail or hand.
Research Outlines a: All applicants for Doctoral Programs in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences and Coaching Science
b: Applicants for Doctoral Programs in Neuroscience, Design, Human Care Science, Public Health, or Sports Medicine who are expected to complete a master’s program or a program equivalent or superior to a master’s program, or are expected to obtain a degree corresponding to a master’s degree
Fill in the required items on this sheet and submit it to us by airmail or hand.
Form for Submission of TOEIC Listening and Reading Test Official Score Certificate / Official Score Report (with photo attached) or TOEFL Examinee (Test Taker) Score Report which is sent to the TOEFL examinee from ETS by postal mail (with photo attached) All applicants for Doctoral Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences Affix originals of the TOEIC Official Score Certificate or the TOEFL Examinee Score Record, for examinations taken during or after January 2018, to the form for affixing, and be sure to bring the original with you, and submit it, on the examination date.
Personal records All applicants for Doctoral Program in Coaching Science Fill in the required items on this sheet and submit it to us by airmail or hand.
Performance report [Special Selection of Working Individuals]
Applicants for Doctoral Program in Art
Fill in the required items on this sheet and submit it to us by airmail or hand.

Results from the entrance examination, as well as personal information obtained by the University of Tsukuba from the application documents, will be used not only for affairs concerning admission and screening, but also research and study aimed at improvement of the admission procedure and the university education. We will carefully take care of the data not to be disclosed as a specific person. Also, we will use the data to screen students for scholarships from the Japan Student Services Organization, which are offered to individuals who have completed the enrollment procedures.


4. Examination Fees | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2020

4. Examination Fees

30,000 Japanese Yen (nonrefundable)

* The examination fees are exempted for those who are the Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students and who continue to Doctoral Program after completing our Master’s Program in March 2020.
There are special provisions for exemption of examination fees for people who have been the victims of disasters in Japan. For details, refer to the homepage of our department.

Payment Period

Payment must be made during the period between Monday, December 2, 2019 and the end of the application period.

Credit Card Payment (for all applicants):

Visa, MasterCard, JCB, and American Express are accepted.
You can make a payment by using your credit card at the last stage of the Web Entry system or at this website.

After the payment, you will be provided with a receipt number; enter the number into the box on the Web Entry system.
Print out the application completed page after the payment and submit it together with other required documents to us by mail or in person.

For details, see the payment instructions.
Administration fees need to be covered by the applicant.

Convenience Store Payment (for domestic applicants only):

Payments can be made at LAWSON, 7-Eleven, FamilyMart, or MINISTOP.
To pay your fee at a convenience store, follow the instructions given at the last stage of the Web Entry system or at this website (available in Japanese only).

After the payment, enter the name of the convenience store that you used, the date of payment, and the number given by the store into the box on the Web Entry system.

  1. 7-Eleven: 13 digits
  2. LAWSON, FamilyMart, MINISTOP: 11 digits

Detach the Receipt Portion (Certificate of Payment) from the Examination Fee Statement given to you at the convenience store and affix it to the “Form for Submission of the Certificate of Payment of Application Fee”. You can create the form in PDF format and print it out from the Web Entry system. Submit it together with other required documents to us by mail or in person.
For details, see the payment instructions.
Administration fees need to be covered by the applicant.


5. Application Procedure | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2020

5. Application Procedure

  1. Visit the Web Entry System to apply. Once you submit your application, you will not be able to make edits. Be sure to double-check before proceeding.
      【Application Period】

    • February: December 2, 2019 – December 20, 2019 (by 3 p.m. JST)
  2. Some of the documents have to be submitted by mail or in person, and these must be received by the deadline. When you submit your application online, the system will ask you to create an Address Sheet in PDF format. Print out the sheet and submit it along with the other required documents to us.
    If your documents are not received by the due date, you will not be able to take the exam.

      【Due Dates】

    • February: December 20, 2019 (by 5 p.m. JST)
  3. After you complete the application procedure on the Web Entry System, you are not allowed to change the program of your choice.
  4. Unless requested, all documents submitted will not be returned to you.
    Examination fees which have been paid are non-refundable.
  5. Should you have any question about the curriculum or the research field, contact the department that runs your desired program.

If you have any questions about the curriculum or research fields, contact the office. Contact information can be found in “8. Past Examination Questions.


6. Screening Criteria | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2020

6. Screening Criteria

We will determine the students to be admitted by evaluating the submitted documents and their academic skills as a whole.

Examination Schedule and the Subjects

Refer to the schedule below:

Doctoral Program in NeuroscienceDoctoral

February Friday, January 31
Subject Oral Examination
(100 points)
Time 10:00-17:00
Neuroscience You will be asked to make a presentation about your master’s thesis, or the contents of research recognized as equivalent to a master’s thesis, and your research plans after entrance, and will be examined orally about each research field.
  1. Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
  2. Information about your oral examination will be sent to your registered email address on January 14 (Tuesday). Be sure to check your email.
  3. Web page relating to this doctoral program:
    https://www.kansei.tsukuba.ac.jp/~neurosp/

Doctoral Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport SciencesDoctoral

February Friday, January 31
Subject Foreign Language
(100 points)
Master’s or other thesis
(100 points)
Oral Examination
(100 points)
Time 10:00-17:00
Physical Education,
Health and Sport Sciences
English
Submit the TOEIC Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee Score Record on the examination date.
In addition to the Research Outline submitted at the time of application, submit the thesis on the examination date, and make an oral presentation about the thesis. There will be a question-and-answer session on this basis, and evaluation as a thesis. Individual Interview
You will make an oral presentation about your research plans. There will also be a question-and-answer session on this basis.
  1. In the case of foreign language, affix the original of the TOEIC Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee Score Record to this department’s stipulated form, and submit it at the time stipulated by the Physical Education Doctoral Program for the examination date. If it is not submitted at the time stipulated for the examination date, then, irrespective of the reasons, you will be taken to have been absent for the foreign language, and will be excluded from the candidates for selection.
  2. It is not acceptable to submit photocopies of the TOEIC Official Score Certificate or TOEFL Examinee Score Record, or to submit the TOEIC SW Test Official Score Certificate, TOEIC Bridge Test Official Score Certificate, TOEIC Institutional Program (IP) Score Report, or TOEFL Institutional Test Score Record.
  3. The TOEIC Official Score Certificate and TOEFL Examinee Score Record are valid in the case of examinations taken during or after January 2018. The submitted originals will not be returned.
  4. The TOEIC or TOEFL scores will be evaluated on the basis of the below specifications. Scores above the specifications will be taken to be passes. Scores below the specifications will be converted.
  5. TOEIC TOEFL-iBT TOEFL(PBT)
    879
    100
    600
  6. For the master’s or other thesis, bring two copies of a thesis relating to the study contents stated in the Research Outline (e.g. your master’s thesis; a temporarily bound thesis is acceptable), and submit it at the time on the examination date stipulated by the Physical Education Doctoral Program. If a thesis is not submitted by the examination date at the time stipulated by the Physical Education Doctoral Program, then, irrespective of the reasons, your master’s or other thesis will be taken to missing, and you will be excluded from the candidates for selection. The Master’s or other thesis examination will include a presentation about your thesis, so persons who are to take the examination should prepare four copies of presentation materials (hand-outs, for which the format is not specified), in Japanese, and bring them to the thesis presentation.
  7. The oral examination will include a presentation about your research plans, so persons who are to take the examination should prepare four copies of presentation materials (hand-outs, for which the format is not specified), in Japanese, and bring them to the oral examination.
  8. In the thesis presentation and the oral examination you can use either the presentation materials alone, or also a PC projector. If a PC projector is to be used, this and other required equipment will be prepared in the examination room, but the examinee should prepare his/her own computer. If you have any questions about thesis presentation and the oral examination, such as the equipment, ask the below contact point about them before the examination.
  9. The applicant should contact a supervisor in his/her preferred research field before the examination. The email addresses, etc., of faculty members are shown on the web page for this doctoral program.
  10. Information about the thesis presentation and the oral examination will be sent to your registered email address on 14 January (Tuesday). Be sure to check your email.
  11. Refer to the following web page for information about this doctoral program:
    Doctoral Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences
    http://pehss.taiiku.tsukuba.ac.jp/index.html
  12. Contact for information on the examination
    Chair of Doctoral Program in Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences
    FUJII Norihisa (E-mail fujii.norihisa.ff@u.tsukuba.ac.jp)
    SAWAE Yukinori (E-mail sawae.yukinori.ka@u.tsukuba.ac.jp
    If you ask questions by email, title the message “Question about the examination (XX [applicant’s name])”.

Doctoral Program in ArtDoctoral

February Thursday, January 30
Subject Oral Examination
(200 points)
Time 10:00-18:00
Art You will make a presentation about the contents of your research, and your research plans after admission, and there will be a question-and answer session about your specialized field.
  1. The presentation as part of the oral examination is made using a PC projector, and/or printed hand-outs. In either case, prepare 30 copies of a printed summary of the presentation contents, in Japanese, on A4 paper, and bring them to the oral examination with you.
    Persons who intend to make the presentation using a PC projector should bring the relevant data with them on a USB memory stick. The projector and computer will be prepared for you.
  2. Information about the oral examination will be sent to your registered email address on 14 January (Tuesday). Be sure to check your email address.
  3. Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
  4. For details about this doctoral program, refer to the following web page:
    https://www.geijutsu.tsukuba.ac.jp/dpart/
  5. Contact for information on the examination
    Chair of Doctoral Program in Art and Design
    OSADA Toshihiro (E-mail osada@geijutsu.tsukuba.ac.jp)
    HASHIMOTO Tsuyoshi (E-mail go@geijutsu.tsukuba.ac.jp)
    If you ask questions by email, title the message “Question about the examination (XX [applicant’s name])”.

Doctoral Program in DesignDoctoral

February Friday, January 31
Subject Oral Examination
(100 points)
Time 10:00-17:00
Design You will be expected to give a presentation about the contents of the research for your master’s thesis, or the research recognized as equivalent to a master’s thesis, and your research plans in Doctoral Program, and then an oral examination.
  1. Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
    (Persons submitting applications by the Cooperative Graduate School System should contact us together with a supervisor in a filed related to this program.)
  2. Information about the oral examination will be sent to your registered email address on 14 January (Tuesday). Be sure to check your email address.
  3. For details about this doctoral program, refer to the following web page:
    https://www.geijutsu.tsukuba.ac.jp/ddes/

Doctoral Program in Heritage StudiesDoctoral

February Thursday, January 30
Subject Oral Examination
(300 points)
Time 10:00-18:00
Heritage Studies Individual Interview
You will give a presentation lasting about 20 minutes, about the contents of research for your master’s thesis or research recognized as equivalent to a master’s thesis, and about your hopes for research after admission. On the basis of this presentation, there will be a question-and-answer session about each of your specialized fields.
  1. The total score will be out of 400, including 100 points for the submitted thesis (e.g. master’s thesis).
  2. Information about the oral examination will be sent to your registered email address on 14 January (Tuesday). Be sure to check your email address.
  3. For details about this doctoral program, refer to the following web page:
    http://www.heritage.tsukuba.ac.jp/
  4. Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
  5. Contact for information on the examination
    Office (Heritage Studies) Tel +81.29.853.7099
    E-mail office@heritage.tsukuba.ac.jp
    If you ask questions by email, title the message “Question about the examination (XX [applicant’s name])”.

Doctoral Program in Human Care Science3yr Doctoral

February Monday, February 3
Subject Written(100 points) Oral Examination
(100 points)
Time 10:00-11:00 11:10-12:10 13:30-17:00
Human Care Science English
(Japanese examinees can use an English to Japanese dictionary, and overseas examinees can use dictionaries from their native language to Japanese or English. However, electronic devices with dictionary functions, etc., must not be used.)
Specialized Subject Individual Interview
There will be an oral examination lasting 15 to 20 minutes, about your research plans, master’s thesis, etc.
  1. Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
  2. If you have not been in contact with your preferred supervisor, contact Professor Tamaki Saito (tamaki@md.tsukuba.ac.jp).

Doctoral Program in Public Health3yr Doctoral

February Monday, February 3
Subject Written(100 points) Oral Examination
(100 points)
Time 10:00-11:00 11:10-12:10 13:30-17:00
Public Health English
(Japanese examinees can use an English to Japanese dictionary, and overseas examinees can use dictionaries from their native language to Japanese or English. However, electronic devices with dictionary functions, etc., must not be used.)
Specialized Subject Individual Interview
There will be an oral examination lasting 15 to 20 minutes, about your research plans, master’s thesis, etc.
  1. Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
    Persons submitting applications by the Cooperative Graduate School System should contact us together with Professor Fumi Takeda
    (takeda.fumi.fe@u.tsukuba.ac.jp).
    For the address, etc., for your preferred supervisor, refer to the Human Care Science Dept. homepage.
  2. If you have not been in contact with your preferred supervisor, contact Professor Fumi Takeda (takeda.fumi.fe@u.tsukuba.ac.jp).

Doctoral Program in Sports Medicine3yr Doctoral

February Monday, February 3
Subject Foreign Language (200 points) Oral Examination
(400 points)
Time 10:00-11:30 13:00-17:00
Sports Medicine English Individual Interview
The oral examination will be about items relating to your preferred research field, and your own research plans.
  1. Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
    (If you would like a supervisor at a Cooperative Graduate School System, contact Professor Seiji Maeda beforehand.)
  2. Prepare your Research Plan from the following perspective:
    Enter the background, objectives, subjects and methods precisely for the research topic, and summarize the results you expect, and your future aims.
  3. Information about the oral examination will be sent to your registered email address on 14 January (Tuesday). Be sure to check your email address.
  4. Contact for information on the examination
    Admissions Committee of Doctoral Program in Sports Medicine
    (E-mail : nyushi.sp-med.dc@ml.taiiku.tsukuba.ac.jp)
    If you ask questions by email, title the message “Question about the examination (XX [applicant’s name])”.

Doctoral Program in Coaching Science3yr Doctoral

February Thursday, January 30
Subject Foreign Language (100 points) Oral Examination
(200 points)
Time 10:00-11:00 10:00-17:00
Coaching Science English
You can use a dictionary, but not an electronic device with dictionary functions, etc.
Individual Interview
You will give a presentation about your Research Outline and research plans after admission, followed by a question-and-answer session.
  1. The total score will be 500, including 100 points for the Research Outline and Research Plan submitted, and 100 points for the Personal Records.
  2. Contact the faculty member of your desired research area in advance of the application.
  3. In the oral examination, the presentation can be made using a PC projector. If you intend to use a PC projector, the PC projector and any other required equipment will be prepared for you in the examination room, but examinees should prepare their own computers. If you have any questions about equipment, etc., ask the below contact point about these beforehand.
  4. Information about the oral examination will be sent to your registered email address on 14 January (Tuesday). Be sure to check your email address.
  5. For details about this doctoral program, refer to the following web page:
    http://coaching.taiiku.tsukuba.ac.jp/
  6. Contact for information on the examination
    Chair of Doctoral Program in Coaching Science
    AIDA Hiroshi Tel +81.29.853.2635
    E-mail aida.hiroshi.ge@u.tsukuba.ac.jp
    If you ask questions by email, title the message “Question about the examination (XX [applicant’s name])”.


7. Testing Location, Announcement of Acceptance, and Enrollment Procedure | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2020

7. Testing Location, Announcement of Acceptance, and Enrollment Procedure

Testing Location

University of Tsukuba (1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-shi, Ibaraki-ken)
Refer to “10. Information and Hints for Examinees” for details.

Announcement of Acceptance

  • February: Friday, February 17, – Thursday, February 24, 2020

The examinee numbers of the successful applicants will be posted on the website.
An acceptance letter will be sent to successful applicants on the same day by registered mail.

Enrollment Procedure

Enrollment Procedure Guidelines (which include documents to be submitted before entrance) will be sent out to successful applicants on Friday, February 17, 2020. Follow the direction in the Guidelines.

    【Shipping Date】

  • February: Friday, February 17, 2020

The successful applicants need to notify us in advance if they are moving house permanently before the date above or travelling when the documents are expected to be delivered.

The documents should be mailed using a designated envelope (which will be sent to you long with the Enrollment Procedure Guidelines) by early March 2020. The deadline will be mentioned in Enrollment Procedure Guidelines.

Estimated Expenses Upon Entrance
(a)Entrance fees are 282,000 Japanese Yen (nonrefundable).
(b)Tuition: The tuition for the first semester of the 2020 academic year (April – September) is 267,900 Japanese Yen. The tuition for the second semester (October – March) is 267,900 Japanese Yen. (Yearly Amount: 535,800 Japanese Yen)

  1. (1)If fees are revised before entrance or while enrolled in this Graduate School, the revised tuition fees will be applied.
  2. (2)The entrance fees are exempted for those who are the Government-Sponsored (Japanese Government Monbukagakusho scholarship) foreign students or who completes our Master’s in March 2020 and continues to take our Doctoral Program.

All applicants with a full-time job need a document or a letter (e.g., an order for a training course, a letter for a leave of absence, or an approval letter) from the employer to prove that they are available to complete the program.

International applicants must acquire a Status of Residence suitable for entrance to a graduate school, in accordance with the Immigration Control and Refugee Recognition Act (Cabinet Order No. 319 of 1951), before beginning the enrollment procedures. Those who wish to enter this Graduate School as an international student must acquire Status of Residence as a “Student”.


8. Previous Examinations | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2020

8. Previous Examinations

Graduate School (Program) Browsing Photocopy Postal Delivery Contact Direct Phone Number
Human Care Science Available
(Note2)
Not Available Laboratory of Advanced Research D Office +81 29.853.2591
Kansei, Behavioral and Brain Sciences (Note1) Laboratory of Advanced Research D Office +81 29.853.2999
Sports Medicine Available
(Note2)
Not Available Laboratory of Advanced Research D Office +81 29.853.2998
Physical Education, Health and Sport Sciences (Note1) Physical Education Office +81 29.853.2739
Coaching Science Available
(Note3)
Not Available Physical Education Office +81 29.853.2739
Art and Design (Note1) Art and Design Office +81 29.853.2841
World Cultural Heritage Studies (Note1) Academic Service Office for the Art and Sport Sciences Area +81 29.853.2997
  1. This is an oral examination, so no previous entrance examination questions that have been made public are available.
  2. In the case of the Human Care Science and Sports Medicine Programs, for copyright and other reasons no previous questions have been made public.
  3. In the case of the Coaching Program, questions have been made public on the homepage of the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences’ Coaching Program
    (http://coaching.taiiku.tsukuba.ac.jp/).


9. Applicants Who Need Special Assistance, 10. Information and Hints for Examinees and 11. Contact Us | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2020

9. Applicants Who Need Special Assistance

If you need special assistance due to disability, contact the Division of Educational Promotion by following dates:

    【Due Dates】

  • February: November 29, 2019

Click here for sending your request.

10. Information and Hints for Examinees

We will post the “Information and Hints for Examinees” on our website.

    【Estimated Release Dates】

  • February: January 14, 2020

11. Contact Us

If you have any questions about the application guidelines, contact us at:

Academic Service Office for the Art and Sport Sciences Area, University of Tsukuba
1-1-1 Tennoudai, Tsukuba-city, Ibaraki-ken 305-8573 Japan

Hours: 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. and 1:15 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Monday through Friday except national holidays

12. Security Export Control

University of Tsukuba has established the University of Tsukuba Rules on Security Export Control in accordance with the Foreign Exchange and Foreign Trade Act, and conducts strict examinations for acceptance of international students, etc. International applicants who fall under any of the conditions set out in said regulations may be unable to enter their desired course or program.


Register Extending System | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2020

Register Extending System

Eligible Applicants

Working students or those who need to take care of family members, such as children or the elderly

Overview

Register Extending System allows students to complete a master’s or a doctoral program in a period longer than usual.
Master’s programs: The period can be extended from standard 2 years to 3 or 4 years.
Doctoral programs: The period can be extended from standard 3 years to 4 or 5 years.

Application Period

Consult the Chair of your program as well as your supervisor for approval of application.
Submit required documents within the time period for enrollment procedure.


Dual Degree Programs at the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2020

Dual Degree Programs at the Graduate School of Comprehensive Human Sciences

Overview

Dual Degree Programs allow doctoral students to enroll in a master’s or professional degree program either at the same graduate school or at different ones to earn a master’s degree there.

In this context, a “dual degree” refers to a degree obtained by a graduate school student enrolled in a doctoral program at this university simultaneously enrolling in a master’s program or professional degree program (except legal professional qualifications at the Graduate School of Business Sciences, Humanities and Social Sciences), and obtaining both degrees.

A Dual Degree Program is currently in operation by the Design Doctoral Program (the primary program) and the Intelligent Interaction Technologies Master’s Program, at the Graduate School of Science and Technology’s School of Systems and Information Engineering (the secondary program). For details about this program, refer to the doctoral program homepage.

It is not easy to obtain two degrees within a limited time. However, if you wish to do this, you can consult your expected supervisor in the Design Doctoral Program (included in the list of faculty members’ research fields), get a sufficient explanation, and then submit an application.

If you do decide to submit an application, you should receive the Dual Degree Program Application Form in relation to the graduate school educational activities of the Art and Sport Sciences Area Academic Service Office, which is responsible for the Design Doctoral Program (the primary program), after which you should get the names of your expected supervisors for the primary and secondary programs, and submit the items required for student enrollment by the deadline for application eligibility screening.

If you are approved for the Dual Degree Program on the basis of the screening, we will send you a Dual Degree Program Completion Permission Document, and you should attach a photocopy of this to your application. If you decide to apply simultaneously for the doctoral and master’s programs, you should attach the Dual Degree Program Completion Permission Document to each application, and there will then be no examination fee for the master’s program.

Please be aware that to join the program, you must pass the stipulated entrance examinations, and go through the other entrance procedures. If you have a lot of interest in this program, you may apply simultaneously for the master’s and doctoral programs, but in this case, if you are not accepted for the doctoral program, you will also not be accepted for the master’s doctoral program.

If you pass the entrance examination, neither an admission fee for the master’s doctoral program or tuition fees for the duration of the program will be charged.


Special Provision on Educational Method Stipulated in Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate School | University of Tsukuba Graduate Admissions 2020

Special Provision on Educational Method Stipulated in Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools

Education provided under special provision

Dual Degree Programs allow doctoral students to enroll in a master’s or professional degree program either at the same graduate school or at different ones to earn a master’s degree there.

Along with the progress of science technology and the sophistication of society, there are increasing demands for the return of working individuals to graduate schools. In response to these demands, Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools stipulates that graduate schools may, if necessary from an educational standpoint, provide education through appropriate means, which include conducting classes or research guidance in the evening and other certain hours and periods.

This stipulation provides more working individuals with opportunities to receive graduate school education while in employment and to develop the knowledge and skills to assume leadership roles in educational research and practices. Under Article 14 of the Standards for Establishment of Graduate Schools, master’s and doctoral programs in the University of Tsukuba Graduate Schools, which have achieved in fostering skilled professionals and re-educating working individuals, have introduced a day/evening course system to enhance education and research activities.

Requirements to complete the program (Doctoral Program in Art)

  1. You must complete four special exercises for the specialized topic of an art-related field (corresponding to Article 14), and your research must be directed as necessary for preparation of a doctoral thesis.
  2. You must receive eight special exercise units, submit your doctoral thesis, and pass the thesis assessment and final examination.
Program Requirement to Complete the Program
Doctoral Program in Art Advanced Seminar : Theory of Art IA(2 credits)
Advanced Seminar : Theory of Art IB(2 credits)
Advanced Seminar : Theory of Art IIA(2 credits)
Advanced Seminar : Theory of Art IIB(2 credits)